The Frontal Cortex

David Brooks, the Democrat

So David Brooks is now a swing voter. He’s grown so disenchanted with the Republican leadership that he has started giving them advice on how to woo him back. For the most part, I agree with his advice and support his policy proposals. He advises the Republican leadership to “support stem cell research,” “spread assets,” and “raise taxes on carbon emissions”. Those are all important ideas. Unfortunately, they have zero chance of ever gaining the support of George Bush, let alone the Republican party. That’s why I’m a Democrat.

What I don’t understand is why Brooks isn’t a Democrat. Does he really expect Bush to change his mind on stem cells? Or reverse his tax cuts for the rich, which have concentrated assets? Or suddenly propose a tax on carbon? As far as I can tell, nobody but wonky Republican economists are even daydreaming of such policy shifts. However, if Brooks dared to look across the aisle he’d find a solid group of Democratic support for much of his agenda. If he were a genuine swing voter, he’d have given up on Bush and the Republicans a long time ago.


  1. #1 Dan S.
    November 30, 2006

    “What I don’t understand is why Brooks isn’t a Democrat”

    Because Milton Friedman whupped his behind in a debate years ago, far as I can tell, and ever since he’s wanted to be the right’s friend …

  2. #2 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    November 30, 2006

    Seems like some “false duality” at work here; either a person must be a Republican or a Democrat. The Republican party has shifted so far to the right that I routinely vote for Democrats, but I have never been a member of that party.

  3. #3 bigTom
    November 30, 2006

    The answer is real simple. Brooks is a pundit (Brooks and Shields).
    He is the one who’s supposed to give Republican leaning views. If he declares he’s quit the party, he’s out of a cushy job.

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